Typically, when we think of sleepers, we think of cars like the Audi RS6 Avant, as it’s relatively calm looking but is actually supercar fast. Usually, a sleeper car isn’t a mildly powerful electric SUV like the Audi e-tron. However, Audi Express just named it one of its top ten sleepers.
What’s surprising about the e-tron’s inclusion is the fact that, compared to most EVs, it’s actually relatively slow. It doesn’t have the sort of blistering performance you’ll find in almost any Tesla, despite not having much range and quite a lot of power. With 355 horsepower and 414 lb-ft of torque, it’s lacks the punch of its electric rivals.
However, when you realize that the Audi e-tron is actually as quick, if not quicker, than most gasoline hot-hatches, it starts to make more sense as a sleeper. The Audi e-tron can get from 0-60 mph in about five and a half seconds. In fact, it’s actually quicker than a Mk8 manual Volkswagen GTI and will be even quicker than the GTI in the real world, where its electric torque can outpunch the GTI’s turbo-four.
So while the Audi e-tron looks like an average SUV, with styling that barely distinguishes it from any other Audi Q7, it’s quick enough to challenge most hot-hatches. Of course, that’s not exactly the highest of performance praise but it’s still impressive for a massive luxury EV that tips the scales dangerously close to 6,000 lbs. So for its size, weight, luxury and style, the Audi e-tron is actually a surprisingly decent sleeper.
Even better would be the Audi e-tron S. It’s barely different looking than the standard e-tron yet packs far more of a punch, a 0-60 time in the four-second range and two electric motors at the back for tire-shredding, tail-happy fun. So if you really want a sleeper, get the ‘S’ version.